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6-8
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El Cajon, CA
Students enrolled: 1,452
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1301 Brabham Street
El Cajon, CA 92019

(619) 441-6156
(619) 441-6185
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April 12, 2014
Academically kids that are easily instructed should do fine. Don't expect anything beyond. If your child isn't doing well they will throw ZANGLE in your face and make it yours and the child's fault. Many parents I know have had this issue. The PE department is a horrible joke, your child will run laps, and not much more, in fact many kids just learn to loath PE. Ironic for a department supposed to be developing health for life mentalities. Shameful

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
Don't listen to the other reviewers, this school has petty rules that only serve to make you realize they control you. It's full of elitists snobs and bigots the school only serves to crush your individuality. I went through horrible depression at this school like many others. Just because this school has high test scores doesn't mean you should send your kid here, have a little value for your child's psychological well being and realize that your child will get very similar grades at another school, and that most of it is based on YOUR child's intelligence and his/her willingness to learn. So in recap if you love herd mentality and hate your kid send them here.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2013
We were an inter-district transfer from LMSVSD and I heard it was impossible to get into here but we did it and am so glad. This school is downright amazing. My daughter is in Honors level classes and loves all her teachers. She's also in Band and thinks very highly of Mr. Caldwell; he gets the kids motivated to practice and results are wonderful. The "zangle" system of checking student's grades 24/7 is great as is the communication from the school about upcoming events and other important info. I like how educated and caring the teachers are; they are dedicated and I truly feel that my daughter is getting an A+ education at this school. Keep up the great work, Hillsdale!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
This school is great. My daughter is a 7TH grader there and always comes home with a smile. All the teachers are really Nice except the music teacher Mr. Reed. She had some problems with him but there music program is great All students and kids are great and nice. Also very welcoming. Thete education is the best out of all schools so far. For hight school she will be going to Steele Canyon High School. Or Valhalla High School. This middle school is the best. She always has fum with the staff. She always tells me they are cool and have fun. School lunch is also very good as sge says it is. Enroll your child to HMS today.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
Great experience so far. My son is now a 7th grader and getting ready to go to the Catalina Marine Institute w/the rest of the class. He is learining so much and in honors classes but is having fun while doing it and making great friends. The school is large but the kids and staff seem to be well connected. My husband and I are happy with HMS and our son is too.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
This school ruined my life. the only reason i got up in the morning and went was because i had to. do NOT send your children here..they will most likely come home crying everyday about how much they dislike the teachers, staff, other students, etc. They arent fair at all and dont use logic. they seriously need to learn how to run a school AND three principals..that makes total complete sense! so yea...this school is horrible. i cannot wait until high school!

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2012
the vice principal and some office lady's are horrible ... other than that I suppose it's an ok school.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2011
im in 8th grade now and i think this school is soo much fun im going on the east coast d.c trip soon and i cant wait there's no drama at all man love the teachers 2 there so nice!!if i would pick any middle school it would be hillsdale middle school

- submitted by a community member
February 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
iam a student currently at hillsdale i moved there last year i had some problems but other then that it has been a really good almost 3 years there way better then la mesa middle. if u r thinking about going to la mesa middle look at the reviews first there not that good i went there and i was being threaten and crap like that so i moved and me and my mom have been really happy there. the people in the office are amazing i love then all even Mrs.Wendy and Mr. humaka and Mrs, Conway. people don't like then and talk bad about them but they are doing there job. they let them have freedom and have more opportunities to do more stuff. like when we go on field trips we all and the skewl set a good example and we get asked to come back again.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2010
This is a great school. I went there for 7th grade. For the year i was there, it was awsome. All the teachers are nice. This school is somewhat strict but not a lot, they don't go over insane. I would have kept going to this school, but i moved to Lemon Grove district, and now i'm moving to Mississippi. But I am a former student, and i loved this school. This is by far one of the best schools i've been too. I have moved a lot, and i've been to many not so good schools, This is a good school:)

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 12, 2009
Im a student at hms. Its the best school ive ever been to!! the teachers are great i havent had a bad teachers in my 2 years there! its a big school but i love that because i meet so many new people everyday!

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 15, 2009
I like Hillsdale Middle School because of all the help of the drama and music department. It really helps students believe of acheiving their goals. Oh and their cst scores are amazing!!!!!

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2009
The honors teachers have been OUTSTANDING throughout the three years we have been there. Marvelous does not begin to describe them. Mr. Reed and Mr. Cauldwell take the kids and turn them into glorious musicians, giving their heart and soul to the students. Downside: lots of out of control kids and bully time with disrespect for the teachers. But, the teaching staff and music department deserve a 10 star rating!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
We were concerned about our son's transition from elementary to middle school (a 500 to a 1500 student campus). Our insecurity was fed on the first day of school last August (2007) when the schedules were finally distributed after 8:30 a.m. (they were promised two weeks prior) and my son's 'zero period' teacher didn't show up until 15 minutes after the class was to start. After that, it was smooth sailing. Academically our son had a very rough beginning at Hillsdale and thanks to his core teachers (Mrs. Scarbrough and Mrs. Herman) special attention and genuine care he ended the year with a strong B average.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
Hillsdale is a wonderful school academically. The school appeals to a wide variety of interests. The music program is wonderful, especially the band. Mr. Caldwell is an amazing leader. And honors drama gives kids who probably wouldn't have the opportunity to perform anywhere else a great introduction to theatre.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2008
Overall the school is great. As the other reviews state, the band program is one of the best in the state, if not the best. The students feel safe and are treated well. I have one issue and that is with how science is taught in the 6th grade. Science/Math and Language Arts/Social Studies are taught on a block schedule which is fine if each subject is given equal time, which science is not, math takes the priority. With the lack of focus on science I feel that the students may not be prepared for the demands of upper grade science, and are not receiving a well-rounded education in the 6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
Good school but a few teachers need to get out of there (math and science). Most teachers are good. Mrs. Sniffen and Mrs. Jones are the best!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
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October 09, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2007
This school by far is the best! My H.Schooler and now my son is/was very please with the teachers and the curriculum. Darryl watson

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
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- submitted by a student
April 27, 2007
Hillsdale, I would say is the best in our district. I would recommend this school to anyone. Just take a look at those test scores!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
This school was so-so. Don;t believe the hype. Caldwell is an excellent band teacher and my child had a few favorite teachers. This community did not appeal to me. I think this area gets a far better rating than it truly deserves.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
I am currently at hillsdale middle school in my 8th grade year and overall it has been a very above average school.The teachers are excellent and even though I personally haven't been a big fan of the new principal I do think he has done a good job with our school. The band and Honors Drama programs are both excellent with the band being led by the award winning Spencer Caldwell and Mr.Reed, and the Drama program being led by the charismatic and inspiring Toni Cleveland. In my 3 three years of being at this school, I have been very pleased with it.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2006
I have two childrens at Hillsdale and I am very satisfied with the school programs and the teachers, the teachers are very dedicated to help their students succeed.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
An excellent school academically.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
High academic standars. Quality teachers. My kids enjoy attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
Hillsdale is a great school, filled with fun and learning. All of the students enjoy coming to school, and the teachers are great.

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2005
Great band! Probably best band and band teacher in California. Great area to live in. Diverse, large Caldian population

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Wonderful place for students to learn and for teachers to teach!

- submitted by a teacher
June 21, 2005
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October 03, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
My son has been very happy at this school. When I have had concerns or questions the staff has met or exceeded my expectations in handling the situation. I have never heard of or seen any safety concerns or problems. The music program is excellant. Recommend!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Our daughter, while very bright, had struggled with a variety of issues in grade school that have hindered her academic performance. She is now finishing her 6th grade year at Hillsdale and it has been a stellar year for her. We attribute this to her wonderful core instructional team, two exceptional teachers who have been supportive, communicative, have given her opportunities to shine and feel good about herself. Her confidence is higher than it has ever been. We are very impressed and pleased with the educational and social experience that she is getting at Hillsdale Middle.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
My son and daughter attended Hillsdale Middle School - my son was in the first graduating class. I attribute much of their success in high school and now college to the wonderful education they received at Hillsdale. The teachers are fantastic - especially Mr. Roemmich, who is the most innovative, caring teacher in the world. My thanks also to Principal Wollitz, who rules the school with a firm but loving hand. There are minimal discipline problems at Hillsdale thanks to the administration and the exemplary parent involvement. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
799 out of 800 API points. That must reflect the commitment of the school's staff and parents. Congrats and keep it up.

- submitted by a parent
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Hillsdale Middle School
1301 Brabham Street, El Cajon, CA  92019
(619) 441-6156
Last modified Hillsdale Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hillsdale Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top